Our topic for the second part of the spring term will be based around the question What Is Out There? We will be using some great astronaut and alien themed texts to help us on our imaginative adventures which the children will discover more about as we go through our learning journey. We will be focusing on descriptive writing to add more detail to our writing.
Alongside our Friday session, we will also be doing PE at various points throughout the week including daily mindfulness/yoga so please ensure PE kits are in school at all times. More information about the areas of learning we will be covering can be found on the topic map which will go home with your child within the first week back.
Please remember to read with your child as much as possible- a minimum of five times per week. It needs only to be a few pages from their school book, a home book or even from their Bookbug account. Children should also be completing a maths challenge which could be discussing the time to o'clock, counting in 2s,5s or 10s or even just playing a board game using dice. Please briefly record both of these tasks in your reading diary and on your maths cards. Additional homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday at the latest.
Please feel free to contact me if required. Mornings are quite hectic but I am available most days after school for a quick chat.
Phonics is of great importance in Year 1. We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learning phase 5 and learning to blend with fluency. The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words. I cant recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough and for a fun, interactive website then I would suggest PhonicsPlay.
Mr Thorne- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqh11DN6jmbC-OTx1N8jpEo6uCTeTDszR
Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats below: